2011 Allergy Season Is Nothing to Sneeze At

Allergy specialist says allergies are particularly bad this year

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    For some, springtime in Texas is pure heaven. But for others....

    Dr. Steven Cole, an allergy specialist at the Park Lane Allergy and Asthma Center at Baylor Dallas, said allergies are particularly bad this year.

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    Dry windy air conditions are making matters worse for people with allergies.

    Early springlike temperatures are to blame, he said. Add in the dry, windy days North Texas has been experiencing lately, and it's a recipe for allergy attacks.

    "The wind picks it up, and it blows the pollen for miles and miles," Cole said.

    Mike Anderson has had allergies for years.

    "I start to sneeze. My eyes water. My skin itches," he said.

    But he said he turned to allergy shots this season because they got so bad.

    "It seemed to kind of all come in a wave, so I figured this time, I needed to do something about it," Anderson said.

    Dougherty's Pharmacy in Dallas can barely keep over-the-counter medicines such as Claritin, Zyrtec and Allegra in stock.

    "This is the time of year, and we are on allergy row this part of the country," pharmacist Wayne McMeans said.

    He said many of his customers are turning to allergy medicines for the first time.

    Because so many choices are now available over-the-counter, people with allergies should talk to their doctors about which one will likely work best for them.